Prescot Councillor Is First Metro Mayor Candidate to Launch Manifesto

By on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Cllr Carl Cashman was the first of the front-running metro mayor candidates to launch his manifesto yesterday (Tuesday 28 March).

The Knowsley Council member for Prescot North (pictured, with Cllr Ian Smith on the right) will run as the official Liberal Democrat candidate in the Liverpool City Region mayoral election on 4 May 2017.

Bookies Ladbrokes give him a 16/1 chance of winning, behind Labour’s Steve Rotheram (10/1).

In his 20-page manifesto, pro-EU Cashman promised to retain Merseyside’s strong links with Europe and the Single Market following Brexit, connect the region with an improved transport network, and protect green spaces from development.

The digital economy and the place of sport – including a Liverpool bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games – were focuses of his plans for the region. On health he advocated more local control, an emphasis on preventative medicine, and a joined-up approach to social care, with more cooperation between boroughs.

In the document he also called for more powers for the devolved Liverpool region, and less interference from Westminster. He brought into question the importance of an elected mayor, saying he would hold a referendum to decide whether such a position was even necessary.

Cllr Cashman was brought up in Whiston and attended Higher Side School. He was elected to Knowsley Council in May 2016, and more recently to Knowsley Parish Council.

As leader of the Lib Dems in the borough, he is one of just three non-Labour members of Knowsley Council.

His campaign office, where the official manifesto launch took place this week, is on Eccleston Street in Prescot town centre.

The other frontrunners in the election are Tony Caldeira (Conservative), Tom Crone (Green) and Steve Rotheram (Labour). Their manifestos are expected in the coming week.


  1. Tony Ely

    Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    #Fibdems After reading this manifesto all I can say is wake up and smell the Poco coffee and vote Rotheram.

  2. Stephen Byron

    Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Carl can’t even attend Knowsley Council 3 year budget meeting,and your leader of LIB Cons,and you won’t to be metro Mayor,Job for Carl conman in Poco cafe ,

  3. Jeremy Corbyn

    Friday, April 7, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    *Insert angry quote about Carl Cashman*

    • stephen byron

      Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Same Old Editor of Prescot on line ,who choose’s to to kiss the Lib Dem back side ,come on mate ,no more fake news, support PRESCOT ,not Smith Huyton boy Cashman Whiston Little boy and Winn St Helens boy,who all love prescot,its a pity they don’t love where you come from just as much.

      • David J

        Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 8:41 pm

        Are you the Red Ted bloke??
        If you’re from Prescot (and I mean born and bred, not moved here from Liverpool) then you sir are a complete embarrassment to the Town.

        R.I.P. the Labour Party 1900 – 2017 and it’s a sad state of affairs when Labour are more concerned about EU nationals, foreign aid and keeping their MP’s snouts in the Westminster trough than representing hard working people, British people….which is what they are supposed to do, right?

        No wonder the Cons are laughing their heads off at the current Lab leaders. That’s the problem with Socialists, no idea what to do when they’ve spent everyone else’s money and then put taxes up.

        Locally, come the next May election you’ll also get a beating. Greens winning seats here and almost every ward in St Helens cheesed off. You reap what you sow…

        If you’ve got David Miliband’s number I’d be giving him a call – pronto.

  4. Tony Ely

    Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    David J is starting to sound like Donald Trump he will be building a wall around Prescot and you can only enter if your a born and bred Prescotian.The Peoples Republic is not far off greenbelt saved and no alternatives.

    • David J

      Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      Just stating an opinion.
      I’m still allowed to do that, or should I get it proof read by the Labour PR department first? Just to make sure it fits in with what you’ve been fed the last 45 years and lapped it up like the rest of the sheeple.

      It’s a damn shame because from June 9th the UK will be looking for a credible opposition. Maybe we look to France, get a new party and get rid of the useless Labour and LibDem parties. Both utterly clueless.

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